Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The U.S. - More Anti-Equality than the Former Communist States!!

Yesterday, the Parliament of Montenegro approved legislation that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is coming from Montenegro; a country formerly part of the Communist Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. 

On 27 July 2010, the Parliament of Montenegro with a large majority (67 votes for, 6 votes against and 4 abstained) adopted all inclusive anti-discrimination law which bans discrimination in on the grounds of various characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
This contrasts with the United States, a country that was founded upon the ideals of freedom and liberty. We cannot even get anti-discrimination legislation passed for LGBT people, yet a former Communist stronghold can? My theory is that the people of Montenegro know what it is like to be oppressed, they know what it feels like to be punished because they are different than others or hold different views. The huge majority that approved this legislation in Parliament shows just how important freedom of expression and freedom from fear are to the people of this tiny Mediterranean country.

The people of the United States cannot appreciate this, because they have not had to experience hatred first hand. Those in power have not had to hide because of who they were, or jailed because they disagreed with the "establishment". In the end, I have the feeling that our "freedom" - or guise of it - will be our downfall as a country.  For we cannot truly appreciate something unless we know what it is like to not have it.

Also, since I have started to notice that a large minority of my readers come from outside the United States, I will be starting to report on the international gay rights movement as well.

Thanks to Michael Hamar for the heads up.

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